The Doberman pinscher was specifically constructed for low maintenance.
Grooming a Doberman simply consists of:
• removing ‘eye boogers’
• checking and cleaning inside ears
• checking and brushing teeth
• brushing the coat
• trimming nails
A Doberman produces ‘eye-boogers’ which need to be wiped away daily. Simply take a tissue and wipe from the eye in an outward direction to remove.
Check inside your Doberman’s ears regularly to gain an idea of what is normal for you dog. Check for wax, debris, infection, irritation, swelling, unusual smell or discoloration. If any of these are present take your dog to the vet.
Never put a Qtip or any instrument into the ear cannel. Use a cotton ball or soft tissue and apply a little cleaner. Only clean the top inside of the external ear flap. You can purchase specialised ear cleaner from your vet.
Dental hygiene is v important. Gingivitis and tartar can advance to periodontal disease which can systemically spread to other organs such as the heart valves, liver and kidneys. Vets recommend brushing a dogs teeth daily.
Get into the habit of looking into your Doberman’s mouth so you know what looks and smells normal for your dog. You will need dog toothpaste and a dog toothbrush suitable for your size dog.
Do Not use human toothpaste as it is harmful to dogs. Brush the outside of the teeth in a straight backwards and forwards path. The dogs tongue will take care of the inside of the teeth.
A healthy well groomed Doberman has a coat that shines, lays flat, is straight, and tightly coats the body to reveal carved muscle.
A Doberman has semi-coarse overcoat and a soft undercoat. The coat should to be combed to remove the soft fine hair that will otherwise give him a ‘doggy smell’ and be shed all over your home. It only takes a few minutes a week to comb and or massage with a Zoom Groom to keep the coat in top shape.
A healthy Doberman has little to no ‘dog’ smell. An occasional bath with a mild moisturizing dog shampoo will keep them smelling and looking fantastic. A bath also helps limit your Doberman shedding all over the furniture.
Clip nails every three to four weeks or whenever needed. A well groomed Doberman has short nails and ‘cat like’ feet.